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    October 14, 2014

    Upcoming: .38 Special, Jeezy, Jello Biafra, Modest Mouse, Neil Diamond, Ryan Adams, etc.

    38 Special: Thu., October 23, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $49.50. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., Houston, 713-988-1020. Ab-Soul: Tue., November 4, 9 p.m., $23. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston, 713-225-5483. Advance Cassette: With the Freebie, Banshee Bones, Lures. Fri., November 21, 8 p.m., $3 ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE at Bayou Music Center, 9/5/2014

    NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center September 5, 2014 The divide between Christian and secular rock might be one of the most overblown distinctions within pop music there is. It's real, but sometimes it all seems so unnecessary. People of faith do just fine in many if not most professions (even journa ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Islands' Nick Thorburn Moves Beyond "Visceral Vomit"

    For Islands' Nick Thorburn, performing live is just another piece to the creative puzzle. Formerly known as Nick Diamonds, he has fronted a number of acts starting with the Unicorns, his Montreal trio that began drawing a cult following after the release of their 2003 album Who Will Cut Our Hair Whe ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Meet the Most Underrated Music Festival In Texas

    Except for autumn, spring is festival season in Houston. This time of year most people can probably be forgiven for losing track of all the events in the area that take advantage of the agreeable weather and humans' unquenchable appetite for food, drink, fellowship and live music to wash it all down ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Lenten Promises Music Lovers Can Actually Keep

    One of the best friends I've ever had in this life was Ann Ball. At the Catholic high school I graduated from, she was my English teacher during my senior year. Ann was a little older than I, but a large margin wiser. She smoked like a Texas City refinery and let us crash on her sofas when we were ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    Man Man at Fitzgerald's, 9/22/2013

    Man Man, Xenia Rubinos Fitzgerald's Upstairs September 22, 2013 Man Man has always been a bit of a mystery, so much so that many people in Sunday's crowd were unaware that the group would even be headlining the venue's upstairs ballroom that night. Before the Philly group even stepped onstage, man ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    The Rocks Off 200: Daniel Alexander, Klein's Backyard MC

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Hip-hop began in the streets, with rap ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Your 2013 Houston Record Store Day Rundown

    Your financial situation be damned, Record Store Day 2013 is coming this Saturday, April 20, to drain your wallet of life and those little green pieces of paper. This Saturday your dance card should be full with all the major indie record stores in Houston and the surrounding areas offering up giv ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    Why Has the Strokes' Comeback Tanked?

    The great hope of rock and roll critics at the start of the 21st century, the Strokes, released their newest record Comedown Machine last month. It was met with the sort of lukewarm reviews that the band has been receiving for years now; about the greatest compliment anyone can give it is that "it's ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    ACL 2013: What's Next For Texas' Other Big Music Festival?

    As we close the books on ACL's 2012 festivities, full of mud -- but not too much mud, Iggy Pop's elastic skin, Neil Young's reverb, and light shows aplenty, we look forward to the 2013 edition of the Austin megafest. Rewind: ACL Festival Expanding to 2 Weekends in 2013 Rocks Off's Complete ACL 2 ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The Top 10 Weirdest U.S. No. 1 Hits

    It's not often that the pop charts will surprise you. After all, the average consumer in most countries doesn't have time to delve too deep into an artist's catalogue. They don't often pick up on songs that will stand the test of time. They like the ephemera record labels tell them is hot right now. ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Last Night: Young The Giant At Warehouse Live

    Young The Giant Warehouse Live March 22, 2012 Young The Giant's gig Thursday night sold out weeks before they even hit town, moving away from it's previous locale, Fitzgerald's, to the larger confines of Warehouse Live, and still managed to also sell out that venue. All of this happened virtually ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Saturday Night: Dr. Dog At Fitzgerald's

    Dr. Dog Fitzgerald's March 10, 2012 Houston weather was balmy and wet Saturday night, but that didn't stop Philadelphia harmonic rockers Dr. Dog from sporting their trademark wintry wool beanies and shades. Kicking off their set with the "That Old Black Hole" from this year's Be the Void, the ban ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    The Hype Machine: Top 10 Indie Buzz Bands You May Have Forgotten

    So you're a hipster. Not you specifically. I would never accuse the great Rocks Off readers of being hipsters. But hypothetically, say you're a hipster. How do you choose your favorite bands? Well, you stroll on over to any indie-rock blog and check out all the latest buzz bands obviously. The probl ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Brant Miller of Royal Oak

    This week, I stopped into Royal Oak to chat with Brant, a.k.a. "The Marshall." Inspired by some Civil War documentaries he had been watching a few weeks ago, Brant cultivated a mustache and chops, adorned his vest with a badge, and got behind the bar. He said that as the night wore on, folks started ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Montrose Winter Social: Festival of Sound Checks

    Photos by Barry Sigman​For more pics from the inaugural Montrose Winter Social, check out our slideshow. The years spent organizing and attending a number of live music events have taught us several valuable lessons: 1) the line-up will inevitably change the second after being finalized and s ... More >>

  • Music

    October 20, 2011

    Cheerleader

    St. Vincent's Annie Clark went "off the grid" to craft new album Strange Mercy.

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    September 9, 2011

    The 20 Best Tribute Albums Of All Time

    Hootie covered Zeppelin!? '90s U So Crazy!​This year alone has seen a multitude of tribute albums, from two Buddy Holly lovefests to the upcoming ZZ Top tribute set from a very motley crew of artists, including Nickelback, Daughtry, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (yum), and Wyclef Jean. Let t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Out Today: Beyonce's 4 Is Square, Limp Bizkit Chokes The Cobra

    What is this I don't even....​This week in new releases sees is one of the most varied in months, with new discs by Beyonce, Limp Bizkit, Dolly Parton, and Thievery Corporation hitting shelves and digital outlets today. By far though, the sexiest album cover is the Beyonce art for 4, and the m ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Portuguese Men of War

    The Walkmen jump-start their momentum on Lisbon.

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    February 18, 2011

    Last Night: Broken Social Scene At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jody Perry​Broken Social Scene, Zeus Warehouse Live February 17, 2011 Broken Social Scene's music is both simple and catchy and speckled with intricacies. It manages to be indie enough for even the hippest of hipsters to enjoy - at least we assume so; we haven't checked Pitchfork - ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Lupe Fiasco: Four Ways He Will Write A Song About You

    ​Balls-deep in that miry slough of disappointment that seems to befall every major artist who wants to change the world, Lupe Fiasco has been in a controlled rage lately. That can only mean one thing: His next album will boast songs about anyone who so much as snickers at him. But poking the ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Top 10 Recent TV-Show Soundtracks

    ​A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's a ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Still Fun Fun Fun, Festival Is On The Cusp Of Change

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Miss the bands in Austin this weekend? See as many as we could squeeze into our handy slideshow. Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin is on the cusp of change. A renovation to its home base, Waterloo Park, is due within the next year, so come next November the festival more than ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Fun Fun Fun Fest: A Pocket Guide To Rocks Off's Picks

    All photos courtesy funfunfunfest.comCall us crazy, but we think we may not be seeing Craig after this weekend.​Tonight Rocks Off heads to Austin to cover our third festival this year in the capitol city, Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is also our second trip to the festival in Waterloo Park. Think AC ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    5 Songs That Are No Day At The Beach

    This past weekend, Craig's Hlist spent a good solid two days at the beach playing in the surf down off Mustang Island just south of Corpus Christi. It was one of those mental-health weekends that if we hadn't have taken, we would have ended up throwing beer bottles against the wall at an old folks' ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Indian Jewelry, Future Islands And Friends Wave The Red Flag

    Photos by Matthew KeeverIndian Jewelry​ At 10 p.m. Saturday night, Aftermath made our way into Mango's. It was hardly half full, but by the time Indian Jewelry took the stage a little before 1 a.m., we couldn't move. Not that we'd want to, of course, but even if we had wanted to leave, we woul ... More >>

  • Music

    May 6, 2010

    Wrong Number

    Houston's Miss Leslie dials up more honky-tonk homilies on her new CD.

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    March 11, 2010
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    January 8, 2010

    Inquiring Minds: The World Of Ghost Mountain

    ​Tomorrow night at Walter's On Washington, three Houston bands throw down their first gigs of 2010. For Roky Moon & Bolt they have a new album in the offing and the future seems pretty clear cut. They are riding into this new year with quite an amount of steam behind them from most all the mus ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009
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    August 27, 2009

    Sounds of the Universe

    Synth-pop icons Depeche Mode do read their reviews.

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    June 25, 2009

    A Chat with Steve Scalice of Dean's Credit Clothing

    Photo by Sarah RufkaSteve Scalice, who has co-owned and run Dean's Credit Clothing downtown for ten years, is the sole owner of the new Dean's in Montrose, a roomier version of the retro lounge. "The biggest difference between this Dean's and downtown right now is we don't have the clothes -- yet. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2008

    Soul Day at ACL: I Feel Good!

    Sharon Jones (Dawn Jones-Garcia) To be honest, I thought today was going to suck, but it's been the exact opposite. After some ridonkulous partying last night at Heartless Bastards' ear-splitting basement blues party - hey, it was my first time at Emo's in six months - I set a new personal late-arr ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    The Wayback Machine

    (Rooting through yellowing copies of the Press, I found the following listings from ten and 15 years ago) 15 years ago in Houston music: The Boredoms and Brutal Truth opened for Pain Teens at Emo’s…Then-Press music editor Brad Tyer highly recommended readers to go see Jason Nodler’s play ... More >>

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    March 15, 2008
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    December 13, 2007

    This Will Destroy You, Unwed Sailor

    Ambient and/or progressive fans will find plenty to like with these two instrumental groups

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Let There Be Rock

    Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways

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    June 2, 2005

    Eugene Mirman, with Woozyhelmet, the Slurpees, Andy Blitz and Langhorne Slim

    Friday, June 3, at Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.

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    February 10, 2005

    Rock Radio (and Rock Romano) Redux

    Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?

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    February 10, 2005

    Radio Daze

    One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.

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    February 3, 2005
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    September 30, 2004

    How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long

    Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals

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    May 20, 2004
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    January 15, 2004

    Midtown Honky-tonkin'

    Trains and the vintage sounds of the Swank Countrypolitans bring a time warp to the Continental Club

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